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DVRPC COVID-19 Training

DVRPC has several planned webinars on COVID-19. Click here for the full list and more resources on COVID-19.

Adapting Streets for Safe Outdoor Social Distancing

Date: Friday, May 15, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Many towns and cities are adapting streets to offer more safe space for walking and biking during social distancing. Some places have removed street parking to increase available space for walking, and others have closed entire streets to vehicle traffic. Learn about these adaptations and get ideas to try in your community, now and in the future.

Host: Greg Krykewycz – Associate Director of Multimodal Planning
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Best Practices for Facilitating Remote Meetings

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

DVRPC’s Office of Communications & Engagement will share some of the practices the Commission has adopted to move our regular convenings online. We’ll share tips for making working meetings with colleagues less painful, and what things we’re considering for online public meetings. Time permitting, participants will be asked to share their experiences with remote meetings.

Host: Alison Hastings – Manager, Office of Communications and Engagement
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Bike Sharing, Bike Libraries and Bike Matching

Date: Friday, May 22, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

With the uncertainties around reopening our region, it’s likely that more of us will rely on bicycling as a safe way to commute and recreate, but not everyone has access to their own bike. Join us as we discuss the new considerations for getting bicycles safely to those who don’t have their own bicycles.

Host: Liz Compitello – Manager, Local Initiatives and Betsy Mastaglio – Manager, Office of Transit, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning
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Tips for Successful Telework

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Whether you’ve always had a telework program for your employees, you had to implement one quickly during the COVID-19 closings, or you’re still thinking about implementing one, this webinar will give you the basic info you need to get the most benefits from telework, at any stage of the game.

Host: Stacy Bartels – Manager, Office of Marketing and Commuter Services
Registration TBA

Webinars Coming Soon:

  • New COVID-19 Practices for Emergency Responders
  • The 5P’s that Aren’t Pandemic – Retail Strategies

APAPA SE Events Committee Looking for Volunteers

The Southeast Section of the APA Pennsylvania Chapter is restarting the Events Committee, and we are looking for volunteers! We are hoping to get creative about virtual events in the coming months and eventually start planning in-person options. We have some initial thoughts, but we’d love to hear what you’d like to see.
If you’re interested in getting involved or have an idea for a potential event, please add your name and email address here.

April 30: Webinar – Re-imagining and Re-purposing Engagement During COVID-19

Connect the Dots, a Philadelphia- and Dublin-based civic engagement group, equitable engagement, and design thinking specialist agency, is teaming up with Project for Public Spaces, a leader in public space development and placemaking having completed projects in more than 3,500 communities in over 50 countries and all 50 U.S. states.

April 30th @ 11am EST

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9192592714748597776

This webinar will feature a conversation featuring a variety of perspectives, tools and experiences related to engagement practices considering the difficulties posed by COVID-19.

 

  • As a result of what’s happening now, how will engagement evolve moving forward?
  • How are communities included in the recovery process?
  • What can we do to better inform our practice?

This international conversation comes at a critical time, as the world’s inhabitants share an unprecedented experience, from billions of individual perspectives. While commonalities exist, respect for diversity and equity is the key to creating solutions that work on a massive scale.

After pulling questions in advance from registered participants, we will look at sharing best practices that can be applied to a range of contexts, and why, instead of putting engagement on hold, it is more important to do what we can right now.

APA NPC 2020 @ Home

APA is thrilled to introduce NPC20 @ Home, April 29–May 1.

 

During these three days, you’ll explore three core topics: rebuilding community, planning in the digital era, and navigating the future of planning. Over 20 AICP CM credits will be available. At the end of each day, there will be live, online networking opportunities, so you can continue to connect with like-minded planners. Make sure you join online to be a part of re-imagining what creating great communities for all will mean in a very different future. Register now to watch live or via the recordings.

April 21: CM Webinar: The Front of the Line is Not Inclusive: Why We Need a Better Way to Save Our Small Businesses

The Front of the Line is Not Inclusive: Why We Need a Better Way to Save Our Small Businesses 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

Government programs to save small business are rolling out weekly. They are a big and blunt instrument that is slow moving and wide. But they are not reaching the targeted needs of the small businesses in our communities. And they are not being deployed in a way to ensure inclusive access to save our small businesses.

Ilana Preuss, founder and CEO of Recast City, leads a discussion on concrete steps we can take to ensure inclusive access for small businesses, a framework that can help us look at this issue, programs already being adopted by local governments that are targeted to under-represented populations in business owners, and models from non-profits, CDFIs, major corporations, and philanthropy to ensure an inclusive recovery from this economic crisis.

Participants of the live webinar are eligible for 1.5 AICP CM credits. 

Register via the link below. 

Register For The Front of the Line is Not Inclusive: Why We Need a Better Way to Save Our Small Businesses

April 23: Reimagining Public Engagement for Planning During COVID-19: A Peer-to-Peer Exchange – 1.0 CM

Register here

COVID-19 is changing the way planning agencies engage the public. Join 1,000 of your peers to explore how to maintain momentum.

Due to popular demand, our expert panel will return on April 23rd! This webcast will be in LIVE broadcast mode, available by computer audio.

The response to COVID-19 has included several restrictions that limit what’s possible for planning agencies wishing to maintain momentum on community engagement efforts. This peer-to-peer dialog is your opportunity to share your challenges and gather ideas about approaches and techniques to engage safely and effectively during this pandemic.

With the initial shock of March behind us, many planning teams are reimagining public engagement to keep their key projects moving forward during what could be 18 months of disruptions. Our panelists, Shane Sawyer from Virginia Department of Transportation, Stephen Stansbery from Kimley-Horn and Bob Bini, Lancaster County Planning Department, will discuss their strategies to overcome obstacles and maintain momentum on their planning projects.

You’ll play a role in this innovative peer-to-peer exchange webinar as well. Through live polls and Q&A, we’ll learn more about your challenges and gather your ideas for moving engagement forward safely and effectively.

What does safe and effective public engagement look like during COVID-19?

Attend this complimentary webinar to:

  • Join your peers to learn how 100s of agencies and firms are adapting
  • Discuss barriers and obstacles to engagement for planning projects
  • Brainstorm how COVID-19 might affect the way engagement is done
  • Learn how others are reimagining their engagement during COVID-19

States expand COVID-19 response

*This information originally appeared in an APA newsletter*

Unpacking federal relief legislation
The federal government finished its work late last week on the third phase of coronavirus economic relief for the country — and the first (but likely not the last) for communities.
$150 billion in relief funding for states and localities, $25 billion in emergency funding for public transportation agencies, $5 billion in new CDBG funding and $4 billion in homeless assistance grants, and support for the municipal bond market are among the provisions included in the CARES Act that will provide critical support to planners as you respond to and recover immediate challenges.
APA Policy Director Jason Jordan detailed these provisions, answered your questions, and outlined the legislative and regulatory road ahead in this rapid response briefing.
Examining the states’ responses to COVID-19 
Federal action gives states an important role in the flow of resources to local communities. Amidst the federal activity, governors and legislators are continuing to respond to COVID-19 through a series of executive orders and proposed legislation.
What are states doing to ensure that communities – and planners – have what they need to weather and adapt to this rapidly changing environment? APA Senior State Government Affairs Associate Catherine Hinshaw outlines the state of the states.

Land Economics Foundation (LEF) Seeks Research Grant Proposals

The Land Economics Foundation is seeking Research Grant Proposals. Application deadlines are April 18 and August 28.

Application guidelines are available here.

Examples of previously funded projects are available here.

For more information, see APA’s writeup of LEF’s grant opportunity.

APA PA Student Scholarships

APA PA has student scholarships available for individuals seeking to continue their studies, pursue internships, or engage in professional development projects.

Several scholarships are available. Visit the APA PA scholarship page for qualification information and application instructions.

 

 

May 14 Council Meeting – COVID-19 Update

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, APA PA SE Council meetings will be held via teleconference for the foreseeable future. Bi-monthly Council meetings occur on the second Thursday of every other month at 5:30 PM, with the next meeting occurring on May 14.

 

Call-in information is 1-866-499-7054; Code: 7352890020. All are welcome.